Open Air

Thursdays at 1pm

KALW’s weekly magazine of the performing arts in the Bay Area, featuring live interviews with musicians, choreographers, and actors, with occasional in-studio performances and ticket giveaways.  Produced by Niels Swinkels.

(For segment/guest suggestions, email david@kalw.org.)

 

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with composer/instrument builder Paul Dresher and percussion virtuoso Steven Schick about the music theater production ‘Schick Machine’, this weekend at Z Space in San Francisco.

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Artistic Director Celia Fushille about Smuin Ballet’s new dance season, which starts with performances at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts on September 23, before it travels to San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. Also, a conversation with director Max Minton and writer Bruce Graham about the West Coast Premiere of ‘White Guy on the Bus’, a provocative show about current day race relations in America, produced by Theatre Aluminous at The Flight Deck in Oakland and opening his weekend. Paige Rogers, Artistic Director for Cutting Ball Theatre, stops by to share details about  ‘AvantGardARAMA!’, a sampler of short experimental works, which kicks off the season. Pianists-composers Anne Sajdera and Davide Verotta talk about two concerts with original and repertoire compositions for two pianos, in Oakland and San Francisco. And conductor Donato Cabrera brings us up to speed about the new season of the California Symphony, which opens this Sunday in Walnut Creek.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, September 15 at 1pm.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Opera San Jose General Director Larry Hancock about Donizetti’s ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’, which opens the new season.

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to comedian and politican Tom Ammiano about his show ‘Mincing Words’, opening September 8 at The Marsh SF, in which he discusses his magical mystery venture into the California State Assembly. Also, a conversation with American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges who makes her San Francisco Opera debut as Bersi in the production of ‘Andrea Chénier’, opening on September 9. Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa stops by to talk about his show ‘Life of the Party’, currently on stage at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Plus, we talk to Usha Srinivasan and Vinita Belani, respectively producer and director of ‘The Conference of the Birds’, a performance based on an ancient Sufi poem in which thirty artists represent ten different dance traditions from four continents.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, September 1 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 

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This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance sits in for David Latulippe and has a conversation with Executive Artistic Director Dan Demers about the upcoming season at Hillbarn Theatre, which opens with the musical ‘Legally Blonde’.  Also, Black Choreographers Festival (BCF) co-director Kendra Barnes stops by, together with choreographer Chris Evans, to share details about the BCF Summer Series, this weekend at Laney College in Oakland. We have Nick Olivero, creator and artistic director of ‘The Speakeasy’, in the studio to discuss the return of 2014’s immersive theatrical hit at a new and bigger location, and he brings along actor/singer Megan Wicks who sings live on the air. Plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson reviews Cal Shakes, Richard III at the Kabuki, and the new movie ‘Equity’.

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance. Heard live on Thursday, August 25, at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe Talks with Robert Geary, Artistic Director of the San Francisco Choral Society and contralto Edith Dowd, about the performances of Verdi’s Requiem by the SFCS at Davies Symphony Hall, this coming weekend. Also, a conversation with Festival Producer AJ Baker, about 3Girls Theatre (3GT) Company's 5th Annual New Works Festival, which celebrates ‘Women and the Body Politic’, starting August 22nd. Cabaret singer Carly Ozard stops by to talk about her show ‘More Shift Happens’, on August 18 at Feinstein’s at the Nikko; and REAF Executive Director Ken Henderson shares details about Northern California’s Largest Annual, star-studded concert and gala benefiting Meals on Wheels of San Francisco & AIDS Legal Referral Panel, this coming Sunday at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. 

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday August 18 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, guest host Ashleyanne Krigbaum talks with Philip Watt and jazz guitarist Jack Tone Riordan, about the upcoming live jazz concert and recording sessions of organ trio jazz in Oakland, Sutter Creek and San Francisco. Regular host David Latulippe contributes conversations with Giovanna Sardelli, director of new works for Theatreworks Silicon Valley, which presents its 15th Annual New Works Festival in Palo Alto, starting this weekend through August 21; songwriter Don Currie shares his music for a special forthcoming reunion concert with singer Donna Pilar, on August 20 at the Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco. And regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson discusses audio books as traveling companions.

Open Air with hosts Ashleyanne Krigbaum and David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, August 11 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with drag queen Peaches Christ and actress/dancer April Kidwell about their respective roles as Cristal Connors and Nomi Malone in the Peaches Christ production of "Showgirls, the musical!" now at the Victoria Theater.  

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance talks with actor and writer Dan Hoyle about his one-man show ‘The Real Americans’, an account of a three month-trip across the U.S. in search of the true meaning of America and what it means to be American, currently at The Marsh SF in an updated version. Also, a conversation with journalist/playwright Sarah Shourd, who survived 410 days of solitary confinement as a political hostage in Iran in 2009/10 and created ‘The Box’, a piece of transformational theater about that experience, currently at Z Space in San Francisco. We will hear from Artistic Director Amy Mueller about the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2016; she brings along Walt McGough, one of the participating playwrights. Plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson shines his reviewing light on cultural events around the Bay Area.

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance; hear it live on Thursday, July 14 at 1pm.

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe has conversations with SAFEhouse Arts Executive Director Joe Landini about its ninth annual Summer Performance Festival, SPF9, currently at ODC Theater in San Francisco. SPF9 features ten programs over five days including ‘Reach’, a new piece by the Sarah Bush Dance Project, inspired by the lives & words of Isadora Duncan, Gertrude Stein & Ina Coolbrith, for which choreographer Sarah Bush joins us in the studio. Kelley Cutler, Human Rights organizer from the Coalition on Homelessness, and playwright Robin Bradford share details about ‘Low Hanging Fruit’, the story of four homeless women struggling to survive in a small tent encampment on LA’s Skid Row, presented in its San Francisco premiere by 3Girls Theatre Company, opening July 6. Plus, actor Clay David and founder of Bay Area Musicals (BAM), Matthew McCoy discuss the musical ‘La Cage aux Folles’, which closes BAM’s inaugural season.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday afternoon, July 7 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

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This week David talks with conductor Edwin Outwater about the San Francisco Symphony's "Summer with the Symphony" concert offerings - you'll also hear about this week's symphony performances of Mahler's "Symphony No. 2" from the two vocal soloists involved, mezzo Kelley O'Connor and soprano Karina Gauvin; 

This week, a visit with the legendary Ben Vereen, who has a solo show at Feinstein’s at the Nikko this week.  You’ll also hear about the many offerings at this year’s FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble & Devised Theater, about ACT’s world-premiere production of “Crack. Rumble.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with choreographer Hope Mohr and composer Beth Wilmurt about their collaboration for the world premiere of ‘Manifesting’, a dance theater work inspired by art manifestos, this weekend at ODC in San Francisco. Amelia Rudolph, the artistic director of Bandaloop stops by to discuss her choreography for ‘#SFPublicCanvas’, a large-scale, multi-media, vertical dance performance that premieres on June 16 on the exterior of the Hastings School of Law building on Golden Gate Avenue.  Executive director Harvey Malloy is in the studio to talk about the ongoing Berkeley Festival and Exhibition. And comedian and story teller Ady Lady talks about her one-woman show ‘From Piss to Bliss’, currently at The Marsh SF.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, June 9, at 1pm.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Voices of Music Director Hanneke van Proosdij about the ensemble’s upcoming performance at the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, together with ‘Queen of the Baroque Violin’, Rachel Podger. Also, a conversation with the President of the Cole Porter Society, Noah Griffin, about the birthday celebration for the great songwiter, this weekend at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Magen Solomon, artistic director of the SF Choral Artists stops by to discuss the collaboration with Baroque string ensemble Galax Quartet in ‘21st-Century Baroque’. Christy Bolingbroke  joins us in the studio  to  discuss the   ODC   Summer Season and Walking Distance Festival. And regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson offers some suggestions for summer reading.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Bill Hocker

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actress Kathleen Chalfant, about the current Berkeley Rep production of “For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday” in which she stars. Also, a conversation with conductor Ming Luke and tenor Brian Thorsett, about the upcoming (June 3-5) Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra’s performance of Britten’s “War Requiem” – Thorsett will also talk about his role in Curious Flight’s production of Mark Blitztein’s “Airborne Symphony”, this coming weekend.  Actor Corey Fischer stops by to discuss his show “Lightning in the Brain” at The Marsh SF, through July 9; and Rob Melrose and Paul Walsh share details about August Strindberg’s “A Dreamplay”, in a new translation at the Cutting Ball Theatre, opening this weekend.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, May 26 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Ken Levin

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with singer, pianist and entertainer Michael Feinstein, who returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko to celebrate its 3rd anniversary. Also, a conversation with Canadian dancer, performance artist and comedienne Sara Porter about her show ‘Sara Does a Solo’, this weekend at Fort Mason in San Francisco, as part of the 2016 SF International Arts Festival. Director Margo Hall stops by and shares details about the production of “Red Velvet” starring Carl Lumbly and Susi Damilano, currently at SF Playhouse. And political satirist Will Durst is in the studio to discuss his show ‘Elect to Laugh: 2016’, opening on May 24 at The Marsh SF, in which he gives his opinions and observations on the presidential election cycle.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, May 19 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 

Andy Mogg

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with choreographer Amy Lewis, who has enlisted five other Bay Area choreographers to each choreograph to one of J.S. Bach’s ‘Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello’, performed this weekend at the Community Music Center on Capp Street in San Francisco. Also, a conversation with Janet Koike and Ed Holmes about ‘Island City Waterways’, celebrating the past and present of Alameda, California, through music, dance, theater, storytelling and the visual arts, on May 21 and 22. Music Director Dr. Anne Hege and Bay Area composer Ann Callaway stop by to discuss the Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble presentation of ‘Songs of the Bygone: Traces of a Vanishing World,’, which features the premiere of Callaway’s “On Music and Nature: Three Hopkins Settings,” based on poems by 19th century English poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. And Ethiopian-American singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero joins us in the studio to perform live and share details about the world premiere of her latest work ‘This Was Made Here: A Diasporic Odyssey’, which runs in the YBCA Forum May 19 - 21.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, May 12 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Gregory Goode

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to cellist Jennifer Kloetzel of the Cypress String Quartet, which is celebrating its 20th and final season by offering a series of pop-up concerts around San Francisco called ‘Beethoven in the City’. Unfortunately, the  planned conversation with Monique Hafen, who plays Charity in the Hillbarn production of the musical ‘Sweet Charity’, opening this weekend, could not take place because of an injury that the actress sustained. Actors John Walker and Pamela Gaye Walker stop by to discuss the world premiere of The Empty Nesters’ at Z Below in San Francisco. Native San Franciscan composer Mark Grey shares details about the premiere of his ‘Frankenstein Symphony’ with the Berkeley Symphony under Music Director Joana Carneiro; and regular contributor and critic at Large Peter Robinson reviews the new movie Francofonia.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday afternoon, May 5, 2016, at 1pm. Listen now or  anytime...

Monday, May 2 at 9pm:  The Berkeley Symphony’s season opening concert from 10/14/15.  Music Director Joana Carneiro with Ravel’s “Bolero,” “Laterna Magica” by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, and Hector Berlioz’s song cycle “Les nuits d'été” sung by Simone Osborne.

Monday, May 9 at 9pm:  The U.S. premiere of “Fachwerk” by Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, featuring bayan (classical accordion) player Geir Draugsvoll, brass works by Italian Renaissance composer Giovanni Gabrieli, and Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” (from 12/3/15).

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Smuin Ballet’s artistic director Celia Fushille, about the season-ending program ‘Dance Series Two’, a world premiere by acclaimed choreographer Helen Pickett, set to an original score by ‘House of Cards’ composer Jeff Beal. Also, a conversation with composer Scrumbly Koldewyn, about his new musical ‘The Untamed Stage: Weimar Berlin Kabarett’, currently at The Hypnodrome in San Francisco. Composer Mason Bates shares details about the premiere of his new work ‘Auditorium’, by the San Francisco Symphony under conductor Pablo Heras-Casado. And regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson shines his light on cultural events around the Bay Area, including Summer Shakespeare.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 

Matthew Murphy

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with conductor Robert Geary about the performance by the San Francisco Choral Society of ‘King David’ by Arthur Honegger, this weekend at the First Unitarian Church in San Francisco. Also, a conversation with Jesse Moss, director of the feature documentary ‘The Bandit’, the closing night feature at the SF International Film Festival, about 70s superstar Burt Reynolds, his best friend, roommate and stunt-double Hal Needham, and the making of the 1977 movie ‘Smokey and the Bandit’. Guest Conductor Pablo-Heras-Casado discusses his work at the San Francisco Symphony this week, in works by Haydn, Mozart, Stravinsky and Debussy. And actor Benjamin Scheuer shares details about his one-man coming-of-age show, 'The Lion',  which just opened at ACT’s Strand Theater.

Open Air with David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now  or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Jim van Buskirk and Karen Sundheim about the events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Hormel Center at the San Francisco Public Library; Graham Lustig, director of the Oakland Ballet, shares details about the company’s 51st season, which includes the Company’s San Francisco debut. From TheatreWorks, guest director Robert Kelley talks about their new adaptation of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac tale. Violinist/Trad fiddle player Colm O’Riain stops by to talk about the musical tribute to Ireland’s Poet Patriots at Grace Cathedral on April 22nd; and singers Matt Hanscom and Kirk Dougherty talk about their roles in the Opera San José’s production of Andre Previn’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”, which opens this weekend.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday April 14 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…

Jill Steinberg

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Kevin Hauge, Artistic Director for Children’s Musical Theatre San Jose, about their upcoming production of ‘Billy Elliot’. Also, a conversation with Bay Area actress Lorri Holt, who plays the title role in ‘Colette Uncensored’, currently at The Marsh SF, about the famed and infamous French novelist’s passionate quest as a writer, a woman and  a pioneer for social change. Brooklyn-based theater director Julian Crouch and San Francisco composer and musician Saskia Lane share details about the West Coast premiere of , a chamber piece of animated theater about transformation, loneliness, and the urge to fly, created with a sheet of brown paper, found objects, shadows and a box of sand, starting this weekend at Z Below. And regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson brings us up to date about cultural happenings around the Bay Area.

Open Air with host David Latulippe. Heard live on Thursday, April 7 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Patti Meyer

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Bay Area actor and playwright Brian Copeland, about ‘The Waiting Period’, his ongoing show at The Marsh SF about depression and the 10 days he had to wait before buying the gun he intended to take his own life with. Also on the show is Rachel Rosen, director of programming at the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival which starts on April 21. Artistic Director Greg MacKellan stops by to discuss the  42nd Street Moon production of ‘The Boys from Syracuse’, currently at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco; and playwright Peter Nachtrieb discusses “House Tour,” a wild new comedy that opens this week at Z Space.

Brian Copeland's GoFundMe page can be found here...

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 1pm. Listen now or  anytime...

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This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance talks with Director Glenn Havlan about the production of ‘Cymbeline’ by William Shakespeare, which opens this weekend at the Theater of Others in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. Actor Kevin Rolston is on the show to discuss his one-man play ‘Deal With The Dragon’, a modern tale about a talented artist who unwittingly strikes up a Faustian relationship with a handsome and cultivated European gentleman, starting this weekend at The Costume Shop on Market Street in SF. Also stopping by is 17-year old singer/songwriter and jazz vocalist Joshua Tazman, to talk about the upcoming release of his debut EP on April 3 in Berkeley. And Open Air's regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson talks about English film director, producer, screenwriter and editor David Lean, who will be honored with a special event at the Sausalito library, 25 years after his death. 

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance; heard live on Thursday, March 24, 2016  at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Adrianna Thompson, artistic director and founder of SOULSKIN Dance, about the company’s 3rd San Francisco season, ‘A Pop Culture Journey: from Folsom Prison to a Night at the Opera’, featuring music from Johnny Cash and Queen, this weekend at Dance Mission Theater. Also stopping by is lead artist and director Rene Yung to discuss the world premiere, this weekend at Fort Mason Center,  of ‘Chinese Whispers: Golden Gate’, a multimedia storytelling theater work that brings to life the experiences of Chinese immigrants in the Bay Area. Clarinetist Brenden Guy and Curious Flights' resident British composer Simon Dobson share details about this Saturday’s ‘Transatlantic Crossings’, a cross-cultural concert program with new works by Dobson and two Bay Area composers, featuring among others the SF Wind Ensemble. Plus, SF Ballet’s Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West talks about the 40th anniversary of the Orchestra which is celebrated with a special concert on March 25.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, March 17 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…

John Pearson

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with conductors Martha Stoddard and Jason Oestenstad (assistant) about their upcoming concert program ‘On American Soil’ with the Oakland Civic Orchestra on March 13. Also, a conversation with actor Jason Stojanovski who stars as an injured athlete in the play “Colossal”, opening next week at San Francisco Playhouse. Lucy Murphy and Ryan Doyle, students of the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, stop by to discuss SOTA’s production of the musical “Cabaret”, in which they play lead roles. Plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson shines his light on the end of "Downton Abbey" and on cultural happenings around the Bay Area.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday March 10, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 

David Wilson

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with playwright and performer Charlie Varon, about his new project ‘Second Time Around’, a duet for Cello and Storyteller in collaboration with cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, which opens at The Marsh San Francisco this weekend. Also, a conversation with Daniel Levenstein, Director of Chamber Music SF, about the new season which continues on March 12 with violinist Sarah Chang. Director Jon Wai-keung Lowe stops by to discuss the West Coast premiere of Tanya Barfield’s ‘The Call’, a play about international adoption and the legal and ethical turmoil it brings to a family, presented by Theatre Rhinoceros at the Eureka Theater in San Francisco. And via phone we check in with classical musicians and comedic duo Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo, about their San Francisco debut on March 13th at Davies Symphony Hall with their show ‘And Now Mozart’. 

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday march 3, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime. 

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires, who makes her San Francisco Symphony debut playing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3, with conductor laureate Herbert Blomstedt conducting. Also, a conversation with Elkhanah Pulitzer, the first Director of the new Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera, which opens this weekend in the Veteran's Building. Actor Michael Doppe stops by to discuss his lead role in the Foothill Music Theatre production of ‘She Loves Me’, which is based on the same play that inspired the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan feature film 'You’ve Got Mail'. Plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson shines his light on a variety of cultural offerings from around the Bay Area.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, February 24 at 1pm. 

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